‘My Amityville Horror’ explores the true story behind the infamous haunting, though the results may not be what audiences expect.
It's well known The Amityville Horror movie is based on true events. In the '70s, the Lutz family moved into their new home only to be terrorized by some supernatural force. To what extent the occurrences in the film mirrored real-life is unknown, but the family was very public about their paranormal experiences. In one of the few documentaries to screen at Toronto After Dark, My Amityville Horror gives a mic to one of the family members that experienced the paranormal activity.
For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. His tale includes telekinesis, a deep mistrust of his stepfather, emotional trauma and decades of therapy.
This is not exactly the tell-all picture audiences may be expecting. While Lutz insists he watched an object float freely across the room and that his bed levitated while he was still in it, few details about the paranormal activity in the house is revealed. Instead director Eric Walter finds a very damaged, middle-aged man still suffering from a difficult childhood. Though he is positive that what he remembers is the absolute truth.
As the documentary continues, the validity of the Lutz family's claims becomes more questionable. Various experts discuss the capacities of a child's imagination and former acquaintances comment on the George and Kathleen Lutz’s desire to cash-in (which is supported by the talk show tour they did while leaving the kids behind). Interviews with psychics and paranormal investigators reveal the lack of evidence to support the Amityville haunting. Even Lutz's own account of events suggests he's an unreliable witness.
There's a sense that this isn't the film Walter expected to make, but given the footage he had he pieced together a movie. Yet in the end, the question remains: Amityville hoax or horror?
Director:Eric WalterStarring:Daniel Lutz